The comparisons between a movie and a TV show are often a topic of discussion for the audience. What story would have worked better as a movie and what should have been turned into a TV show is pondered upon. It was perhaps this that gave rise to the trend of adapting popular films for television screens. FX’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is the latest example of this trend. Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film ‘Snowpiercer’ is ready to enter a similar territory. The film was critically acclaimed for its focus on various issues about society and humanity. The show is supposed to take that discussion farther.
The story itself is taken from a French graphic novel, ‘Le Transperceneige’, and the series was initially being developed for TNT. But after going through a couple of years of developmental hell, the production has picked up pace now, with some major changes. The series moved to TBS and has been commissioned for a second season, already. The pilot for the show was developed by Josh Friedman (‘War of the Worlds’, ‘Black Dahlia’), who was also supposed to be the showrunner. However, due to some “creative differences”, Friedman had to leave the project. Graeme Manson (‘Orphan Black’) joined the show as his replacement, and reportedly, made some major changes in the pilot’s storyline. Scott Derrickson (‘Doctor Strange’, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’) served as the director for it.
However, after Manson’s changes to the script, he was called for re-shoots. Derrickson decided to leave the show as he believed that Friedman’s version of the pilot was the best, and he wasn’t up to the task of extensive re-shoots. James Hawes (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Penny Dreadful’) replaced him as the director, also joining the team as a co-producer. The show is executive produced by Bong Joon-ho, Dooho Choi, Marty Adelstein, Matthew O’Connor, Graeme Manson, Lee Tae-hun, Park Chan-wook (known for ‘The Handmaiden’ and ‘Oldboy’) and Becky Clements. With all the shuffles and replacements and whatnot, the dust (or should I say snow!) seems to have settled for the production of ‘Snowpiercer’ and the fans only have to wait for a little while before the series premieres.
Snowpiercer Cast: Who’s in It?
For a show that is supposed to tell an elaborate story, it makes sense for it to have a long list of characters, each of them acting as a piece of a puzzle that works towards bringing everything together. Daveed Diggs plays the role of Layton Well, who lives in the tail end of the train and becomes an important player in the revolution that changes the whole structure of how society works in it. Diggs is known for his roles in ‘Wonder’, ‘Black-ish’, ‘Blindspotting’, ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’.
Jennifer Connelly appears as Melanie Cavill, a first-class passenger who makes the announcements on the train. Not that her name needs any introduction; Connelly is an Academy Award-winning actress who has gained the reputation through her roles in ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, ‘Dark City’ and ‘Blood Diamond’. Mickey Summer plays the role of Bess Till, a member of the train’s security force who has to pick a side when the revolution begins. Summer is known for her roles in ‘Battle of the Sexes’, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’, ‘American Made’ and ‘The Borgias’.
Annalise Basso (‘Oculus’, ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’, ‘Captain Fantastic’) plays the role of L. J Anderson, a resident of the fourth-class cabin, sort of the lower middle class of the train. Another such character, Lilah Anderson, is played by Alison Wright (‘The Americans’, ‘Sneaky Pete’, ‘The Accountant’). Sasha Frolova, Benjamin Haigh, Susan Park, Lena Hall, Sam Otto, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness and Robert Urbino are also the part of the main cast. Steven Ogg, Rowan Blanchard, Shaun Toub, Aleks Paunovic, Timothy Murphy and Jonathan Lloyd Walker are part of the recurring cast.
Snowpiercer Plot: What’s It About?
The story of ‘Snowpiercer’ picks up seven years after an event throws the Earth right back into the Ice Age. There is no remedy for this piercing cold, no way to survive it. There is one train that circumnavigates the Earth, running on perpetual engine, and the people on it are the only survivors. Living together for all these years, it is impossible for humans to not break-up into a structure that defines class and privilege for everyone. Compartmentalization is done and from the front to rear, divisions are made. The first-class citizens live in the foremost cabins. They have taken control of the rules and regulations and also enjoy the best form of living on the train.
With every passing cabin, the stature of the citizens reduces and so does their living situation. The most rear end of the train is the place you don’t want to be in. It is the worst place for anyone to be and actually serves as a prison. If you are to be punished, you’ll be sent there to live out your sentence. One of the characters of the story focuses on this aspect, readjusting to life as a first-class person after having survived in the worst. However, like any society, an unjust social structure can never exist for too long. The citizens start an uprising to balance the scale while pursuing a mystery which might be the key to everything.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
Although no fixed date has been announced yet, we know for sure that ‘Snowpiercer’ season 1 will release in spring 2020. We will update this section as soon as a date is fixed. On May 15, 2019, WarnerMedia announced that ‘Snowpiercer’ season 1 will now air on TBS instead of TNT as originally planned. In addition, the series was also been renewed for a second season well ahead of its planned premiere. For fans outside the US and China, Netflix has taken charge of airing the series.
Since the project is still in its early stages, there isn’t a trailer for ‘Snowpiercer’. Meanwhile, you can watch the film, and maybe even try to get your hands on that French graphic novel, if you are too enthusiastic. For those who haven’t seen it, here is the trailer to show what a ride you are in for. You can catch the film on Netflix.
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